Ninkasi Ginger & Juice Farmhouse Ale

Reviewed by on August 2, 2016 in Summer Guide

The Details

  • Brewery: Ninkasi Brewing Company

  • Origin: Eugene, OR, US

  • Rated On: August 2, 2016

  • Best Before: N/A

  • ABV: 5.5%

  • Ideal Temperature: cold to cool

  • Style: Saison

  • Rating: GOOD !

The Review

Ninkasi Brewing’s recent offering sounds like a riff on the ol’ Gin & Juice gangster rap trope, as well as being a particularly summery version of a Saison.

This 22oz bottle pours a slightly hazy, medium golden yellow colour, with three fat-ass fingers of puffy, finely foamy, and fizzy off-white head, which leaves a bit of arching rock form lace around the glass as it quickly subsides.

It smells of estery yeast, apricot pits, grainy and crackery pale malt, an equally edgy wheatiness, some prominent white and black pepper dust, further clove spice notes, and sure, a wee soupcon of musty ginger.  The taste is bready and doughy pale malt, wheat cereal, wan Belgian yeast (so, um, good!), a muddled drupe fruitiness, fading earthy table-top pepper, some still weakly spicy ginger root, and maybe a generic floral and grassy hoppiness.  The carbonation is fairly straightforward in its work-a-day frothiness, the body a decent middleweight, and generally smooth, nothing really taking the time to make any sort of ingress here.  It finishes off-dry, the mixed malt and apricot/ginger sweeter sides presiding.

Overall, this comes across as a tampered-with Saison, but in a mostly mutually beneficial way – the fruit and ginger work well with the typically astringent yeast (almost neutering it, is what I really mean), which makes for a pretty easy-going tipple.  In the end, I’m getting more of a hipster cocktail vibe from this one, and for once, that’s a-ok.

Brady White



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